Inverness Athletic underdogs against Invergordon in North Caledonian Cup
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MANAGER Jason Golabek accepts Inverness Athletic will be huge underdogs to beat runaway North Caledonian League Division One leaders Invergordon in the North Caledonian Cup tomorrow.
Invergordon dropped their first points of the season when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Halkirk United last week.
But they are seven points ahead of the chasing pack in the top flight.
Inverness Athletic are in second place in Division Two and are two points behind league leaders Nairn County A.
Golabek says tomorrow is a step up in class from any team they have faced so far.
But he thinks Inverness Athletic are capable of pulling off an upset tomorrow.
“This is a cup game which is a one off and we will be looking to enjoy the occasion,” he said.
“We will be prepared, but everyone knows Invergordon are a tough team to beat.
“We played them during pre-season and got beat 8-0 so we will be up against it, but we will try our best.
“It is a cup competition which gives us an extra game and we are looking forward to it.”
Athletic are boosted that striker Ross Munro will return to the squad after recovering from bruised ribs.
But Ryan Keil is still absent through injury, with no date confirmed for a return.
Athletic warmed up for the game when they took on Nairn County in a friendly on Wednesday night.
It followed their 2–1 win at Bonar Bridge last weekend which kept them two points behind league leaders Nairn County A.
Despite leaving it late, Golabek was pleased with his team’s never say die attitude.
“It was tougher than the week before and in the first half we weren’t in the game.
“But changes in the second half made us a different team, so I was pleased with what I saw in the second half.”
Division Two leaders Nairn County A will also be looking to cause a cup shock when they head north to take on Golspie Sutherland who are second in Division One.